VA resumes collection of debts from benefits overpayments, medical co-pays. About 600,000 veterans are expected to be impacted

Veterans Affairs officials resumed debt collections this weekend for individuals who were overpaid disability and education benefits or owe co-payments for medical visits, ending a suspension of the debt program put in place at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The move means that veterans who owe the department money will start receiving debt notifications in coming days, with information on how to repay and what financial assistance programs may be available to them.

However, VA officials said that they won’t start deducting those debts from monthly benefits payouts until January 2022, to give individuals time to prepare for the financial impact of the moves.

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